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It’s been awhile since we introduced a few Blue Ribbon Vendors to y’all, and in the meantime, their numbers have been growing! So without further ado, meet a few very talented and very kind wedding artists who would love to lend a hand at your celebration…

You can tell that Abigail Bobo, based in Tennessee, has a background in journalism — we love how well her images from a wedding day flow together, and how well, taken in whole, they tell the true story of your day.

Becca Lea’s work is clean, beautiful, soft, and honest. Her heart for her clients and for creating timeless images for them shines in everything she does! She is based in Texas.

It’s hard to describe Ben & Colleen’s work, but we know we adore it — colorful, filled with light, a little bit dreamy, and very atmospheric. They are based in Georgia.

Josh and Rachel’s photos are light-filled and love-filled. We think their priorities in life shine through in their photos, and know you will love working with them! Best Photography is based in Florida.

Dana Cubbage’s work is colorful and joyful, just like her personality. We love her talent for capturing the tiniest details of each wedding day, and for forming strong relationships with her couples! She is based in South Carolina.

Emily Chidester’s photos are beautifully dreamy and ethereal, but at the same time, 100% authentic and truthful. You can tell her couples feel comfortable just being themselves in front of her lens! She is based in North Carolina.

Jennifer’s genuine adoration for flowers shows through in her work — she truly loves what she does, and delights in sharing it with happy brides! Freshly Picked is based in Florida.

Andrea’s work is personal, detailed, and as individual as the guys and gals she works with. We love her creative approach to design and love for her couples’ stories! Gray Harper Event Maker is based in Georgia.

The details that Jennifer Laraia creates are absolutely lovely — that much is clear. But what we love even more is how rooted in her clients’ love stories they are, something we find truly beautiful. She is based in Tennessee.

Stacey and her team turn out some of the loveliest bouquets and floral creations we’ve ever seen. We love their commitment to exceeding their couples’ expectations! Petal Pushers is based in Texas.

You can see all of our delightful Blue Ribbon Vendors in our newly revamped Directory! Have a vendor you love? Be sure to email us!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Abigail Bobo Photography reply

    Thank you so much for the sweet mention and kind words Southern Weddings! You are some classy women and I love working with you. Can’t wait to team up with even more Southern Weddings brides! <3

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I don’t know about y’all, but the weather in North Carolina this week has been gray and dreary. Since there’s no hope of getting outside, the next best option is to do something sweet and crafty indoors, which is where this project comes in!

Handmade anything adds such a personal touch to celebrations big and small, which makes me love this easy DIY from Gray Harper even more.

So sweet, and so simple! Andrea and co fashioned these as guest favors filled with grits, but they could also be darling as embellished drink holders for bridal party members at the reception. They could also be fun for a bridal shower, bridesmaids’ brunch, or girls’ weekend!

Your Instructions:

1. Cut an 8 x 8 inch piece of fabric and fold it as shown, first in half, and then in half again. Sew along the unfinished edge.
2. Rotate the seam to the middle. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew again along the short unfinished edge. Move the seam to the middle again.
3. Cut a small piece of fabric (mine was 2 x 4). This will become the middle of your bow tie. Fold it in half lengthwise and sew along the open edge, then move that seam to the middle as well.
4. Wrap your “middle” around the middle of the tie to see how tight you think it needs to be. Slip it off and sew it closed in that spot, making a small loop.
5. After sewing the middle piece closed, squeeze it back into place in the middle of the tie. It should be fairly tight. You now have your bow tie!
6. Adhere the burlap ribbon and bow tie to the Mason jar using your glue gun, and enjoy!

All photos by the lovely Jade + Matthew Take Pictures!

Gray Harper is a delightful Southern Weddings advertiser!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Carly Totten reply

    These are adorable!! I can totally see these at a sweet bridal shower. With that said, bows are perfect for any occasion.

  2. avatar Kris reply

    These are adorable! Love them!

  3. avatar Kelly Taylor reply

    It’s a rainy day here in Athens, GA too! Thanks for the inspiration! A trip to Hobby Lobby later and now I’m crafting them for a Valentine’s Dinner with my sweet friends! xxoo

  4. avatar Lindsay {Everistta} reply

    Amazing! I love that!

  5. avatar victoria reply

    SO cute and easy! These would have been fabulous with those seersucker bowtie escort cards we did back in the day! xo

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  10. avatar Judith Sargent reply

    This is a very cute idea, but I am thinking the bow is too bulky and the jar would look very country with just the burlap wrapped around it. just my thought.

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